Magazine article Corrections Forum

Operational Efficiencies in Jail-Justice Complex

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Operational Efficiencies in Jail-Justice Complex

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Law Enforcement Technology

Perry, Ga.'s Houston County Judicial Complex includes the county's detention facility and courthouse on one campus. Operated by the Houston County Sheriff's Department, the complex has state-of-the-art security technology and an aesthetic design. By putting the detention center and courthouse on the same land, the county saves thousands of dollars annually in inmate escort time, fleet upkeep and fuel expenses. Employing a tunnel linking the jail to the courthouse also means safer prisoner movements, which reduces the chance of inmate escape and lessens the likelihood of harm to judicial employees or detention staff. A Houston County control room officer handles the master controls of the detention center on a pair of touchscreens, and the center combines indirect and direct supervision pods: Four maximum security pods use the indirect method of supervision while the center's direct supervision pods allow a roving officer to over see as many as four direct supervision day rooms. …

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